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2014 U18 Video: Noah Hanifin, USA

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Noah Hanifin - Team USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2015 prospect Noah Hanifin is presently committed to attend Boston College starting in 2015, but has also been drafted by the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The U.S. squad is sporting some top talent at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, not only for the 2014 draft year but also for 2015 and 2016. One of the top talents of any of the coming draft years competing for the U.S. is defenseman Noah Hanifin.

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2014 U18 Video: Ivan Nikolishin, Russia

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Ivan Nikolishin - Everett Silvertips

Photo: Everett Silvertips forward and 2014 prospect Ivan Nikolishin finished the 2014 U18 World Championship fourth in scoring on Team Russia’s roster (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Russia's roster at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship included nine players that competed in North America during the 2013-14 season. One of that North American contingent was forward Ivan Nikolishin, son of former NHL forward Andrei Nikolishin.

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McGinn, defensemen top awards list for Carolina Hurricanes prospects

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Brock McGinn - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Forward Brock McGinn had a strong 2013-14 season in the OHL, posting 43 goals and 42 assists in 58 games. McGinn was selected 47th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Despite five straight years without a postseason bid, the Carolina Hurricanes do have some light at the end of the tunnel. The team's NHL roster boasted several players 25 or younger, plus several of Carolina's junior and collegiate prospects had good seasons.

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Transition year pushes Los Angeles King prospects in a strong 2013-14 season

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Tanner Pearson - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: The Hardest Worker award went to Kings winger Tanner Pearson, who skated in his first 25 career regular season NHL games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The Los Angeles Kings had several standout performances this year from the NCAA to the NHL. It was a pivotal transition year for many different players, and it appears that they were indeed ready to step up to the next level.

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2014 U18 Video: Ryan Hitchcock, USA

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Ryan Hitchcock - Team USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Ryan Hitchcock is slated to attend Yale University starting in the fall of 2014 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While there is a fair amount of star power on Team USA's squad competing at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, the roster also sports an unheralded player or two that bring something other than offensive skills or imposing size. One such player is forward Ryan Hitchcock.

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2014 U18 Video: Adam Ollas Mattsson, Sweden

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Adam Ollas Mattsson - Team Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and 2014 prospect Adam Ollas Mattsson competed at three different levels in the Djurgarden organization during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Sweden has iced another competitive team for this year's IIHF U18 World Championship. They tied for second in their group, two points behind Canada, and have opened the playoff round with a resounding 10-0 win over host country and archrival, Finland.

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2014 U18 Video: Jack Glover, USA

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Jack Glover - Team USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Glover is ranked 38th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final list for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team USA brought their usual complement of talented defensemen to the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. One of those skilled defenders, Jack Glover, has provided the type of solid, two-way play that has been his stock in trade this season.

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2014 U18 Video: Damir Sharipzyanov, Russia

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Damir Sharipzyanov - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and 2014 prospect Damir Sharipzyanov played for the Reaktor Nizhnekamsk club in the MHL in 2012-13 before moving to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Although Russia suffered just one overtime loss in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, their eight points only tied them for second with Sweden in Group A, two points behind Canada.

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2014 U18 Video: Alex Nedeljkovic, USA

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Alex Nedeljkovic - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Plymouth Whalers goaltender and 2014 prospect Alex Nedeljkovic followed up a season where he was named the OHL First Team goaltender by winning the OHL Goaltender of the Year award in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Two of Team USA's five wins at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship have been shutouts. The first shutout, a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic, was posted by starting netminder Alex Nedeljkovic, while backup Edwin Minney got the win in a 7-0 victory over Denmark.

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2014 U18 Relegation Preview: Germany, Denmark looking to avoid relegation

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Germany vs. Denmark - World Championship

Photo: Denmark and Germany have met on the international stage on many occasions, and will renew their rivalry at the 2014 U18 World Championship in the best-of-three relegation round (courtesy of JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GettyImages)

As was done at the U20 WJC in Malmo, Sweden this past winter, the relegation round at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship will consist of a best-of-three playoff format. And much like at that WJC, the relegation round will feature Germany facing a Scandinavian country.

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